Registration for the Needham Sharks began on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 9:00am.
The Needham Sharks Swim team is a competitive summer swim team for the residents of Needham for swimmers ages 6 to 18. All participants must be at least 6 by July 1 and cannot be older than 18 on July 1.
There is a limit to 25 participants per age category.
Swimmers should be adequate in most if not all swim strokes to be a part of the Sharks swim team. The team will be focus on improving strokes for a competitive environment as well as hone in on good technique for our more advanced swimmers. Swimmers that are still working on learning the strokes would benefit more from our Swim Lesson program than our Swim Team program.
All Sharks will receive a team Swim Suit and a Bathing cap to be worn at all meets. If you want your team suit to make it through all the meets, do not wear them to practice.
- Boys do not need to wear racing suits, but can. If they are more comfortable in shorts, that is okay. However, shorts will slow boys down during races! Short swim shorts are better than long ones.
- Girls will need to wear a one piece bathing suit. Two piece swim suits are not allowed.
Practice swim suits can be found at many department stores and online. Speedo and Nike suits wear well, especially if they are hand washed in cold water after wearing and hung dry.
Wetsuits are allowed and recommended if the swimmer tends to get cold quickly. Wetsuits can be worn for practices, but not at meets. A bathing cap can also help the swimmer stay warmer.
Practices will be held at the Pools at Rosemary Recreation Complex and will begin on Monday, June 22.
Practices in the pre-meet season will be held Monday, June 22 - Thursday, June 25 and Monday, June 29 - Wednesday, July 1.
Practices will be held Mondays and Wednesdays, July 6 - August 5.
Practice times for all practices are:
Ages 8 and under will practice from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Ages 9 and 10 will practice from 5:15pm to 6:00pm
Ages 11 and 12 will practice from 6:00pm to 6:45pm
Ages 13 and 14 will practice from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Ages 15, 16, 17 and 18 will practice from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
**The age that the participant is on July 1 determines which group they will swim with.**
Swim Meets will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 2 to August 6
Thursday, July 2: Away at Norwood - 5:30pm, Warm-Up & 6:00pm Start Time
Tuesday, July 7: Home vs. Canton - 5:00pm, Warm-Up & 5:30pm Start Time
Thursday, July 9: Away at Westwood - 5:00pm, Warm-Up & 5:30pm Start Time
Tuesday, July 14: Home vs. Walpole - 5:00pm, Warm-Up & 5:30pm Start Time
Thursday, July 16: Away at Dedham - 5:30pm, Warm-Up & 6:00pm Start Time
Tuesday, July 21: Away at Natick - 5:00pm, Warm-Up & 5:30pm Start Time
Thursday, July 23: Home vs. Framingham - 5:00pm, Warm-Up & 5:30pm Start Time
Friday, July 24: MILE SWIM in Natick - arrive at 10:00am
Tuesday, July 28: Home vs. Millis - 5:00pm, Warm-Up & 5:30pm Start Time
Thursday, July 30: Home vs. Newton - 5:00pm Warm-Up & 5:30pm Start Time
Saturday, August 1: B REGIONAL in Newton - Time TBD
Tuesday, August 4: Home vs. Medfield - 5:00pm Warm-Up & 5:30pm Start Time
Thursday, August 6: Home vs. Sherborn - 5:00pm Warm-Up & 5:30pm Start Time
Saturday, August 8: A REGIONAL in Newton - Time TBD
A and B Regionals and the Mile Swim
Each year, the Summer Suburban Swim League puts on two sets of championship meets: the A Regionals and the B Regionals. Both meets are meant to celebrate the swimmers of each team and give them the opportunity to compete against members of other teams who are equally compatible to their swimming ability.
The B Regional meet is held the second to last weekend of the season. This meet has no cut-off time, and so long as the swimmer is a Needham resident and has attended 4 meets every swimmer qualifies for B Regionals. That being said, B Regionals is a lot of fun and give each swimmer the chance to compete in a larger meet.
The A Regional meet is held on the last weekend of the season and has a list of qualifying times which need to be met in order to attend the meet, as long as the swimmer is a Needham resident and has attended 5 meets.
In 2011, the league decided that if a swimmer attends B Regionals and qualifies for A Regionals during the meet, that swimmer will be granted the opportunity to swim at A Regionals.
The mile swim is comprised of five girls and five boys, selected by the head coach. The swim will take place at Dug Pond in Natick. To compete, swimmers must have competed in 3 dual meets. Swimmers must be at least 11 years of age to compete. The mile swimmers are determined during practice based on the coaches judgement and the swimmers capabilities. Needham has historically done very well at the mile swim, and it is one of our biggest events of the season.